Remember that history is a select interpretation of events designed to justify those currently in power. Follow the money trail and you'll end up at the ruling powers.
Pictured, the majesty of a night sky polluted by indiscriminate town lighting. The lighting of our town and city lights disconnects us from the magic and mystery of real life. If you sleep under an open window, as you should, then street lights disrupt your circadian rhythm and melatonin production, requiring the use of an annoying sleep mask. Modern LED lighting is even worse: